Pros & Staff

 

PRO DIRECTORS

Victor Piñones

Victor Piñones

Owner | Director Elite Academy

  • ITF Certified
  • ICI Professional
  • Former college player
  • “Every Player is a Personal Project”
Sammy Giammalva

Sammy Giammalva

Founder | Academy Coach

  • Former Top 28 in the ATP
  • Texas Tennis Hall of Fame
  • USTA Texas Coaches Committee

 

Matt Snyder

Matt Snyder

Director | 12 & Under

  • Former #1 singles player in college
  • Over 15 years coaching (all levels)
Helga Piñones

Helga Piñones

Director | 12 & Under

  • Junior College Top 8
  • NAIA National Champion
  • NAIA All American
  • Former # 1 singles and doubles in JUCO
ALEJANDRO AGUIRRE

ALEJANDRO AGUIRRE

Director | Adult Tennis 

  • From Maracay, Venezuela
  • State Champ & Top 10 nationally ranked player in Venezuela (age 10-16) 
  • NTRP Rated 5.0-5.5; UTR Rated 9.5-11.5
  • Teaching/Coaching Experience (13 years):
    • 12 & Under
    • Junior Players (Challenger, Champ, & Super Champ)
    • Korolev Tennis Academy
    • The Woodlands Township
    • April Sound Country Club
    • The Woodlands Country Club
DAVID SUBIRATS

DAVID SUBIRATS

Assistant Director | Elite Academy

  • From Barcelona, Spain
  • Former college player, Division 1 (UT Arlington)
  • All Southland Conference 1st Team (Singles & Doubles)
  • Southland Conference Championship Title
  • Coaching Experience (over 10 years):
    • Div-1 Assistant Coach (UTA)
    • Pro circuit players (Sanchez-Casal Academy, Barcelona)
MARYFER ABREU-AGUIRRE

MARYFER ABREU-AGUIRRE

Assistant Director | Elite Academy

  • From Valencia, Venezuela
  • Top 10 nationally ranked player in Venezuela (age 12-18)
  • Former College Player
  • Played Tennis College 2010-2014 in a top 3 NAIA Division School (Oklahoma Christian University)
  • Coaching Experience (6 years):
    • 10 & Under Orange Ball and Green Ball kids
    • Juniors (Challenger, Champ, & Super Champ Level)
    • Adults (2.0 – 5.0 Levels)
    • Tennis Pro at Indian Springs Country Club in Oklahoma (2014-2016)
EMA BARKOVIC

EMA BARKOVIC

Director | Social Media              Tennis Professional

  • From Rijeka, Croatia
  • Former Division 1 player at Sam Houston State University
  • BS in Kinesiology
  • MS in Sports Management
  • Top 20 nationally ranked in Croatia (under 18)
  • Coaching experience:
    • Jonathan Markson Tennis Camp- Oxford, UK

PRO COACHES

COTE CONTRERAS

COTE CONTRERAS

Academy Coach

  • Bachelor in Physical Education, UCM, Chile, Minor in Physical Conditioning
  • Certified Coach Level 1 & 2 ITF Tennis
  • Top 10 nationally ranked player in Chile for over 10 years
  • Over 25 years coaching high level players
MARC DUNN

MARC DUNN

Academy Coach

  • From Gainesville, Florida
  • 12 years coaching experience
  • USPTA certified
  • Coach of multiple Division 1 tennis scholarship recipients
  • Coach of men’s & women’s sectional winning doubles teams
  • “Trust the process”
PEDRO GUTIERREZ

PEDRO GUTIERREZ

Academy Coach

  • Born in Guatemala City, Guatemala
  • Former college player, Division 1 (Boston University)
  • Reached 440 ITF Junior Ranking
  • Represented Guatemala in Junior Davis Cup
  • Top 3 nationally ranked player in Guatemala
JACOB KUDRICK

JACOB KUDRICK

Academy Coach | 12&Under Coach

  • 6+ years 12&under coaching experience 
  • Former College Player
  • Former Director, “Aceing Autism”
  • Net Generation Coach
  • 2021 Giammalva Orange & Green Junior Team Tennis Captain & Director
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CECILE WILDE

CECILE WILDE

12&Under Coach | Event Coordinator

  • Houston, Texas
  • Southwestern University ‘20:
    •  Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, Minor in Communication
    • NCAA Division III Women’s Tennis Team ‘16-‘20, Southwestern University (ITA Top 20)
    •  Captain of Women’s Tennis ‘18-‘20
    • Line 1 Doubles ‘19-‘20
    • Line 4-6 Singles ‘16-‘20
    • Ranked No. 10 in the region for Doubles ‘17
  • Coaching Experience:
    • Ages 3-15 (Red, Orange, Green, and Yellow Ball)
    • Nike Tennis Camp
    • Houston Country Club Pro
    • Houston Country Club Pro

 

FITNESS PROS

Orlando Hernandez

Orlando Hernandez

Academy Fitness Director 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education with a focus on Fitness, Chile
  • Head of the Athletic Department, Vichuquén School, Chile (10 years)
  • Rugby Coordinator, NZ Study Academy, Invercargill, New Zealand
  • Member, Coaching Staff of the Chilean National Rugby Team (2017-2019)
  • Player, Old Gergel Rugby Club, 2nd Division, Chile
  • Player, Hamilton Rugby Club, Cape Town, South Africa
Emiliano Berta

Emiliano Berta

Academy Fitness Director 

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science
  • Instructor, Healthy Stations (Community Exercise Equipment), Uruguay
  • Internship, Bannon’s Gymnastics
  • First Aid & CPR Certificate
  • Former tennis player, Lindenwood University
  • Introduction to Tennis (3-8 yr old), International College, Uruguay
  • Tennis Pro, Ituzaingó Tennis Club, Uruguay
  • College Professor, Tennis Course, Community College (IUACJ), Uruguay
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Bryan Sanchez

Bryan Sanchez

Academy Fitness Coach

  • Bachelor’s degree in Exercise & Sports Science (ESS)
  • Game Day Operations, Houston Dynamo Soccer Team
  • Student Team Manager, Women’s Soccer Team, Texas State University (Div. 1 team)
  • CPR & BLS (Basic Life Support) Certified
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Fene Shoemaker

Fene Shoemaker

Fitness Instructor

  • Personal Trainer
  • Nutrition Specialist
  • Group Fitness Certified through AFAA & ACE
  • Former Area Promotions Director for Chalene Johnson, creator of TurboKick and PIYO
  • 20 years teaching all formats, including Water Aerobics, Pilates, Les Mills CXWORX, TurboKick, PIYO, Pure Barre, Strength & Core, and Range of Motion/Flexibility/Bal
  • Specializes in Senior Fitness
Silke Schiff

Silke Schiff

Yoga Instructor

  • Yoga Instructor (E-RYT 200)
  • 9 years teaching experience
  • Tennis Player, Triathlete, Runner
  • Mother of Four

OFFICE STAFF

Tracy Mann

Tracy Mann

Membership Accounts Manager

Jose Guerrero

Jose Guerrero

Welcome Desk

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Erika Subieta

Erika Subieta

Welcome Desk  

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Victor Piñones Sr.

Victor Piñones Sr.

Pro Shop Manager and Racquet Stringing Services

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Sabrina Wozniak-Jellison

Sabrina Wozniak-Jellison

Member Services